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“I can bend over and paint my own toenails now,” says Annie, who had bariatric surgery on February 5, 2005.
Annie had tried everything to lose weight—dieting, counting carbs, exercise, —and she was honest—she even has her food logs to prove it.
“No matter what I did, I just couldn’t lose enough to make a difference in my diabetes management. I got so frustrated. It’s tough to follow a program when you don’t see results.”
A Discussion About Bariatric Surgery
In Annie’s case, nothing really worked. Her cousin Roger showed his love for her by having a serious discussion with her about bariatric surgery. After speaking with her doctor, they felt comfortable enough for her to undergo the surgery.
“It is certainly not an easy process. They check you from head to toe. Not an inch of my body was left unchecked. From my mental status, to all of my working parts. My surgeon told me that my diabetes would start improving immediately [after having the surgery], and it did.”
Have to Admit, It’s Getting Better
Annie is just as honest now as she was before. She does just about everything her healthcare professionals instruct her to do. She eats her protein foods first, then her vegetables and fruit. She admits there are times she has overeaten or eaten things that her now-smaller stomach can’t handle.
Although Annie knows that bariatric surgery is not for everyone, she knows that it worked for her.
“When I quit smoking, I gained a lot of weight. It became a vicious circle, trying to lose and gaining back more than I lost.”
“I knew I would die [if I didn’t lose the weight]. I wasn’t ready. I have two grandkids, my daughter and my husband to do things with.”
What was in Annie’s way?
I couldn’t move much. I was hungry right after I ate a meal, and of course, I would eat.
Bariatric surgery—the roux en y procedure. “I do the things that I’m supposed to do, and I move more.”
Before making changes
|October 1, 2005||Present|
|Weight||344 pounds||236 pounds|
|Average blood glucose||200 mg/dl–250 mg/dl||85 mg/dl–95 mg/dl|
|Total cholesterol||188 mg/dl||199 mg/dl|
|Triglycerides||210 mg/dl||192 mg/dl|
|HDL||49 mg/dl||45 mg/dl|
|LDL||97 mg/dl||116 mg/dl|
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